Tallinn: More than a “Pissup Party”

Tallinn

Though Riga may be catching up, Tallinn still reigns supreme as Stag Party Capital o’ the Baltics. Since EasyJet opened its Stansted–Ülemiste route in 2004, British bachelor parties have been descending upon the Old Town by the airplaneful, crowding the streets with drunken song and leaving pools of vomit in their wake. (Although it’s been on the table for some time now, Ryanair has yet to open routes to Tallinn due to the airport’s high taxes.)

While many tourists are drawn to Tallinn to gaze over the medieval red-roofed Old Town, ascend the narrow towers’ spiraling stone steps, wander the warped little streets, and feast on Estonian pancakes, droves of young men come solely to party, slum in strip clubs, and drink like animals.

Think we’re exaggerating? Check out this sampling of websites that have cropped up to cater to this very phenomenon: www.tallinnpissup.com, www.partyintallinn.com, www.tallinnstag.com, and, lastly, www.ultimatebaltic.com.

But don’t let these sordid impressions of Estonia’s capital dissuade you from visiting. Tallinn is an aesthetically and culturally fascinating city, and it’s relatively cheap. And if you plan accordingly, it’s possible to avoid the besotted swarms.

About the author

Native New Yorker Miranda fondly recalls family trips to Europe, which featured formative events like spending a night on the roof of an overbooked Greek hotel and sampling the culinary wonders of horse meat. But it was while riding a pony through a patch of wild blueberries in Iceland that she realized she wanted to be an explorer. As an undergrad, Miranda bicycled across the US and lived for several months in Berlin. Nowadays she obsesses over Baltic countries and the plump cream-smothered dumplings to be found there. Fluent in German, she does freelance translation and writes educational material for children.
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